Drive Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Swoon.
Chris Stuckmann
ChrisStuckmann.com
April 17, 2015
I'll never forget the first time I saw Drive. I've since never been able to replicate the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 24, 2013
What it had going for it was an uncanny and moving relationship between Gosling and Mulligan.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
This is pop art of the highest degree.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Hands down the coolest film of 2011, Drive is a stylised genre film where the genre is constantly changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
October 2, 2012
Something under the hood of Drive captured my heart; director Nicolas Winding Refn has admirably crafted a fine piece of retro-noir cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 28, 2012
Neither overblown action movie or intimate character study, Drive is somewhere in between - my approximation of "an arthouse Fast & Furious" wasn't too wide of the mark after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Nicolas Winding Refn's atmosperic direction, Gosling's sheer presence and a soundtrack that's perfection make Drive a fantastic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Erick Weber
Final Cut on Film
August 24, 2012
With a titanic infusion of pound-feet of torque, Drive is the best movie of 2011, a raging race that's part F1 and equal part demolition derby.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
June 15, 2012
If Sofia Coppola were a dude making genre action movies to impress Quentin Tarantino ... those movies would be a lot like this.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Neal
The Standard
March 14, 2012
Drive is surprising in many ways, from its quietly spoken first act through its increasingly violent and unexpected trajectory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
February 11, 2012
It's a slow-burn romantic fairy tale that suddenly turns dark and very violent, but director Nicholas Winding Refn is a master at developing suspense and menace, and every frame of this movie is dripping with both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
February 1, 2012
A classic tale of revenge, love and madness is given a refreshing polish and shine by director Nicolas Winding Refn. Drive is one of the year's very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
January 31, 2012
Nicholas Winding Refn's 'neon-noir' heist film Drive winds the speedo back 25 years to honour the spirit of 80s action films, but this fable about fast cars and mob violence isn't afraid to show its feminine side.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
January 31, 2012
... celebrates -- one might say revels in -- the pulp mythology of existential anti-heroes and criminal chivalry and street opera tragedy of American movies.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 26, 2012
Delivers the thrilling action goods with craft and distinctive style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 4, 2012
Young directors would do well to take a cue or two from Refn when it comes to telling an engrossing story, because when a filmmaker with real vision is at the wheel, even the familiar can feel fresh, new, and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 3, 2012
The real star of this film is the direction of cult Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, making his Hollywood debut.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
December 28, 2011
"Drive" is not the "Fast and Furious" knockoff you might think it is based on the advertising. It is far more artistic and thoughtful than any of those films could ever hope to be. Consider it a thinking man's action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
Action and smarts don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. But director Nicolas Winding Refn ('Bronson') deftly blends them in 'Drive,' a phenomenally entertaining movie that employs a haunting soundtrack, clever direction and entertaining characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

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